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Gokyo Lake to Everest Base Camp via Chola pass trek

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Price starting from

$2,356 USD 1,590

per person

Duration

18 days

Max. Elevation

5550m

Group size

2

Level
MODERATE
Transportation
private vehicle and domestic flight
Best Season
march-May, September-November
Accomodation
three-star hotel in Kathmandu and tea house lodges
Meals
Full board meals (breakfast+lunch+dinner and cup of tea/ coffee)
Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route
Kathmandu-Lukla-Namche-Machherma-Gokyo lake-Thaknak-Dzongla-ebc-Kalapathar-Pheriche-Namche-Kathmandu

Highlights

  • Historical UNESCO world heritage sites tour in Kathmandu valley.
  • Breathtaking Mountains views of the Everest region.
  • Crossing Cho La pass (5420 m) and witness the 360 degrees splendid Himalayas range.
  • Everest base camp and Pleasant hike to Kalapathar.
  • Scenic mountain flight to Lukla- Kathmandu.
  • Visiting Unique Sherpa villages and meet Sherpa people.
  • Ancients’ monasteries and Gompa along the way.

Gokyo Lake To Everest Base Camp via Cho-La pass trek, an adventure that takes you on scenic areas of high Khumbu valley. One of the most picturesque and photogenic places to enjoy the experience in the harmony of a beautiful location. Gokyo Lake and the scenic valley, actually a vast summer pasture and grazing field for yaks before the arrival of trekkers. A great place to visit where views of Snow Mountains abound, along with Ngozumba the longest glacier of Nepal Himalaya. At Gokyo, a hike to high Gokyo-Ri at 5, 357 m for a panorama of the world's four highest mountain ranges. Overlooking Mt. Everest, Lhotse with Mt. Makalu and Mt. Cho-Oyu, includes views of the whole wonderful valley of Gokyo. Gokyo Lake is situated amidst of high Renjo-La pass in the south with Cho-La towards the east that leads to Everest base camp. Gokyo with five beautiful shimmering glacial lakes, the main Gokyo 3rd Lake also known as Dudh Kund the source of the Dudh Kosi River. From Gokyo enjoying great times, then head towards Cho-La pass at 5,420 m /17,780 feet to reach Everest base camp.

Gokyo Lake To Everest Base Camp via Cho-La pass trek, a perfect combination of 18 days trekking within high Khumbu. Starts with a panoramic flight from Kathmandu to land at Lukla small airstrip, at Lukla where most treks start and end. Due to the only airport around Khumbu and Everest region, the shortest way to reach your destinations. The walk leads through many nice Sherpa villages lined with prayer walls, an interesting to notice the local immense culture of Buddhism. The trail follows the Dudh Kosi River for few days, then the climb begins on winding uphill to Namche Bazaar. A large village and major hub of trekkers, mountaineers as well for all Khumbu Sherpa’s livelihood depends on Saturday market. Held once a week, a lively bazaar to observe and get to know the local culture of great interest. A great large village Namche Bazaar, where one can find the most necessary facilities in the close backdrop of Kwangde and Tharmasarku peaks. The walk continues from Namche Bazaar overlooking lovely views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Amadablam, as the route diverts towards Gokyo valley. On leaving behind the main busy popular trail of Namche to Everest base camp, a climb leads up to Mong Hill.

The adventure continues towards the Dudh Kosi River gorge, and then the country opens into a wide scenic valley to reach beautiful Gokyo valley. After spending overnight stops in the small settlements of Dole and Machhermo before Gokyo and its glacial lakes. Enjoy the time of your life around this beautiful spot with a climb of high Gokyo-Ri for an extraordinary panorama of the snow mountains range. From Gokyo valley, the adventure takes you to high Cho-La Pass, a barrier between Gokyo and the eastern side of the Everest region. A steep climb to the top of Cho-La from a small place of Thagnak, the pass marked with Buddhist prayer flags. Your great effort is rewarded with grand views of Snow Mountains at close distance, the nearest peaks Cholatse. After a refreshing stop, the mountain trail leads to a long descend where the main path of Everest base camp joins. Completing the first phase of the adventure, a pleasant walk takes you to Lobuche and then at last settlement of Gorakshep. From here on the road towards the final destination to Everest base camp within remorseless fields of ice and glaciers.

Succeeding our goals and visiting both highlights of the adventure return journey on the main trails to Lukla. A pleasant walk mostly downhill with short up, the last highlight of the trip is visiting beautiful Tengboche. Where tour leads you to the monastery interior that impresses all visitors, its serene environment facing views of high mountains. After a great moment head back to Lukla, walking past Namche Bazaar for the last final overnight stay around high Khumbu valley. Next morning a swift short scenic flight brings you to ever-exciting Kathmandu. Where our remarkable and fascinating Gokyo Lake To Everest Base Camp via Cho-La pass of the 18-day trek, finally concludes.

Best Seasons for Gokyo Lake To Everest Base Camp trek:

Gokyo Lake To Everest Base Camp trek, best in springtime from March to May, and in autumn starts from September to November. Springtime is lively with longer daylight hours for pleasant walks, as well as for scenic views when flowers are in seasonal bloom. Cold morning and nighttime, could snow sometimes. Next, the best season is autumn from mid-September to November to pre-winter in December. Where days are clear with blue sky, but short sunlight hours, can be very freezing cold in the morning, late afternoon, and nighttime. Can get snowed sometimes but beautiful day for walks and to marvel at grand views of mountains.  

Important Note

  • You need to be mentally and physically prepared for this trek as it goes through high altitude and one has to have endurance capability to the cold wind.
  • If you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for other trips, please contact us.

Trip Itinerary

Day

1
Everest Base Camp with Chola Pass tour begins with your arrival at Kathmandu international airport terminal. You will be welcomed by our staff and be transferred to your respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu around the fascinating area of Thamel. After relaxing and having refreshments you will be briefed about the hotels, Nepali culture, and mostly about the trek to Everest Base Camp with the Tsho-la pass. At night, you will be offered a warm welcome dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant. After dinner, you may enjoy the folk cultural program and authentic Nepali cuisine.

Day

2
In the morning, after breakfast, you can prepare your trekking gears and bags for the coming trek. You will be briefed about the trek by your guide who will also help you to plan and assist in making the packing list. After the preparation is done, you can go sightseeing around the world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. You can choose to visit the Courtyards of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan Durbar square. You may also visit Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swoyambhunath.

Day

3
Early in the morning after breakfast, you will leave towards Lukla from the domestic flight. The flight is one of those that is unforgettable since the landmass below changes drastically from green to snow-covered white. After the 35-minute flight lands in Lukla, you will see views of Everest and other surrounding mountain ranges. You can then begin the trek towards Phakding. The trail heads downhill and then passes through several nice Sherpa traditional villages. Overnight stay at Phakding village by the glacial river Dudh Kosi.

Day

4
After breakfast, you will begin your trek through the beautiful alpine woodland of pines and rhododendron trees. Throughout the trail, you will get views of snowcapped peaks on the backdrop. After following a river upstream crossing several bridges you will enter the Sagarmatha National Park through Monjo. Sagarmatha national park is the national park situated at the highest elevation in Nepal. After crossing the last high bridge you will hike uphill and reach Namche Bazaar which is a lovely town village. The specialty of Namche is perhaps the availability of modern facilities like Climbing/Trekking shops, Cyber Cafes, post office, ATM, etc which makes it easier for the trekker to communicate. One of the most dominant views is of the Kwangde peaks towards the south.

Day

5
This day has been set aside for acclimatization. Since there is a drastic change in the elevation, you might succumb to altitude sickness. Thus to avoid it, resting at Namche Bazaar is vital. On this day you can visit the nearest museum at Namche with information about the Khumbu region. The different cultures, histories, flora, and fauna of the Namche region will definitely keep you busy on this day. You can hike further up to see the views of the mountains like Ama-Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtenga, Kwangde, Khumbi-la along with the wonderful Mt. Everest and Lhotse towards the North. Stay overnight at Namche.

Day

6
On this day, you will take the trail towards Kyangima near Shanasa. Along the path, you might spot the colorful Danphe pheasant (Impeyan Pheasant) which is the national bird of Nepal. If you are lucky enough you might even spot the elusive musk deer, Himalayan Thar (mountain goat) as well. The route then heads north with a slow climb to the ridge at Mong 3,973 meters. Eventually, you take a sharp descend and follow your way alongside Dudh Kosi at Phortse Thangka. The walk then continues to ascend through a patch of rhododendron forest. You will then enter a forest with juniper and conifers trees towards Tongba village at 3,950m and Gyele 3,960m. After reaching Dole you can spot the mesmeric views of Khumbila and Tawache at 6,542m.

Day

7
You will begin your day by following the trail towards Machherma. You will walk along the valley on a modern trail towards Lhabarma Kharka which sits at an elevation of 4325m. Eventually, you will head up to Luza and then cross a ridge from where you will see the views of Machherma. You can hike uphill for panoramic views of Mt. Cho Oyo and the Ngozumba glacier.

Day

8
On this day, you will head towards the wonderful Gokyo Lake. On the trail, you will walk across Pangka at 4545m.  After the rocky climb, you will pass the first lake on the way and then the second lake. Then you will reach the third lake which is Dudh Pokhari. You will then stop at the bank of Gokyo which has a summer settlement. It offers a mesmerizing view of the emerald Gokyo Lake and the mountain ranges surrounding it.

Day

9
This is a rest day at Gokyo since your body will have been tired after the challenging long trek. Also, it is best to acclimatize your body against possible altitude sickness. You will hike your way up to the Gokyo Ri which is a sight that is not to be missed at all. From the Gokyo Ri, you will get mind-boggling views of Mt. Cho Oyo, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Cholatse, Gyachung, and more peaks that are considered the highest in the world.

Day

10
In the morning, after breakfast, you will head towards Thaknak, leaving behind the mesmerizing Gokyo. You will get closer to the Chugyuma/ Chola-la pass which is close to the Nha Village. You will stay overnight at Thaknak.

Day

11
Early in the morning at dawn, you will begin your hike to Chola-La pass. The trail takes a long ascend and leads to a rocky moraine. It is a challenging day since you will have to walk on the heavy snow and ice. Upon reaching the cross, you will pass through up-close views of Nirekha, Taboche, and Cholatse. After enjoying the views, you will then take a hard climb and then descend to Dzong-la which is a small valley. Stay overnight at Dzong-la.

Day

12
From Dzongla you will set out towards Lobuche. The pleasant walk takes you to Thugla which is located midway from the Pheriche valley, Dingboche, and Chola pass. You need to stay overnight at Lobuche in order to reach Everest Base Camp the next day.

Day

13
Early in the mooring after breakfast, you can head towards Gorakshep. The views of Mt. Pumori, Khumbutse, and Mt. Everest will be clearly visible ahead of you along the trail. After around 2 hours you will reach Gorakshep then walk on moraine and icy trails to reach the 4-5 nice lodges. After this, you will not find any lodge facilities in the trail ahead. Eventually, you will continue towards the moraine overlooking the Khumbu icefall and then head to Everest Base Camp. The incredible views of the Base Camp will certainly keep your enthusiasm high. After that, you will head back to Gorakshep.

Day

14
After having the exquisite views of the mountain ranges from Everest Base Camp, you will set out to amplify the experience by hiking towards Kalapatthar. Kalapatthar which is the highest point of the adventure is a hilltop on a black rocky ridge of a hill. Kalapatthar stands at 5545 m and offers panoramic views of Ama Dablam, Mt. Cho Oyo, Cholatse, and Taboche in all directions. After the awesome feeling of getting up close to the mountains, you will head towards Gorakhshep and continue towards Pheriche valley. Pheriche is a temporary settlement with more than 20 lodges and teahouses. Stay overnight at the lodge.

Day

15
On this day you will be heading towards Namche Bazar from Thyangboche. You will take a long and pleasant walk on the downhill trail to enter Thyangboche after Shomare. After that, you will pass Pangboche village with an hour of the climb towards Thyangboche. You will walk along tree lines and rich green vegetation and then hike downhill short steep climb near Namche. Eventually, you will reach Namche Bazaar. Here you can get all the facilities required for communication and refreshment.

Day

16
On this day, you will head back to Lukla from Monjo near the Sagarmatha National Park exit. Along the path, you will be surrounded by the scenery as the mountains will eventually get distant from you. Eventually, after a short uphill climb, you will reach Lukla where you will stop overnight. You can enjoy some local meals and drinks along with your Nepali friends.

Day

17
On this day, you will fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla as you bid farewell to the Khumbu region. The 35 minute Flight will take you across the snow-blanketed Himalayas from the Tenzing Hillary Airport and then eventually to the green hills of Kathmandu valley. You can take a rest in the evening or can go souvenir shopping around Thamel. You might even enter the pubs in the area to get a taste of the nightlife in Kathmandu.

Day

18
You will be bidding farewell to lovely Nepal after the wonderful Everest Base camp with the Chola Pass trek. You will be dropped off at the Tribhuvan International Airport by our staff. As you head home you will reminisce the pleasing time that you spent in the landscapes of Nepal.

Inclusions

  • Airport picks up and drops services as per itinerary by private van.
  • Three-night accommodation in Kathmandu Three-star hotel with breakfast (Twin sharing base).
  • Kathmandu sightseeing with professional tour guide by private van.
  • Kathmandu Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu both way flight tickets including domestic airport tax.
  • All permits such as a national park, TIMS permit.
  • Teahouse recommendation during the treks(Twin sharing Base).
  • all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and times cup of tea/coffee) during the trekking. 
  • stuffs insurance, well-paid salary, Equipment, food &hotel, etc...
  •  first aid and trained English-speaking and government-licensed holder Trekking guide during the trip. 
  • Porter during the treks, two pax one porter, carry your luggage(max:-21kg) ).
  • Office Service charge and government tax.
  • International airfare & Nepali visa-free  (See the Visa & Entry Procedure page).
  • lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • personal travel insurance (See the travel insurance page).
  • Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee.
  • personal expenses(phone calls,internet,laundry,bar bills,battery recharge,extra porters,bottle or boiled water,hot shower,treks equipment, ''See the travel personal equipment page'').
  • tips for staff ( it is expected).

Complimentary

    • Welcome dinner in a famous Nepali restaurant with a Nepali culture dance program.
    • sleeping bag during the treks,(to be returned after the trip completion).
    • Duffle bag for Trekking.
    • seasonal fresh fruit during the trek.
    • Trekking Pools (to be returned after completion of the trip).
    • Everest region trekking map.
    • certificate of achievement.

Frequently Asked Questions

In the early days, few groups of trekkers and adventurers explored and trekked this route via Cho-La pass to reach both sides of Khumbu from Gokyo to Everest base camp or vice-versa. But since last few decades getting more popular due to its awesome scenery and a great challenge to take.

Nearly all seasons of the year Everest's higher region is cold during morning and late afternoon till night time, as well in shady areas away from sun-light. But the most day is fine and warm when the sun reaches, it can be strong sunlight during afternoon time, where trekkers need sun-block and necessary protection like a sun hat, sunglass with long sleeve shirt and full pants. Due to strong UV that shines above 3,000 m high, where the air is much thinner.  It also depends upon the seasons, like the springtime of March to May with pleasant weather with enough sun, as well in autumn September to November. Morning and nighttime can be cold with an extra wind chill factor.

 However cold the Himalayas, get cold weather nearly all seasons of the year as you are trekking around the highest region on this planet, where freezing temperatures of arctic cold can be experienced around Himalaya. 

 


Yes,  certainly age limit matters as it involves high pass with dry and arid terrain, minimum age of 16 and onwards, and not older than 65 years, should be in good physical shape and in sound health to cope with high hills and altitude.


From the start at Lukla to the last overnight stop in Gorakshep there is electricity in every settlement, only at Thagnak and Dzongla. But from Gokyo and Lobuche onwards few places with hydropower. Most settlements after Namche Bazaar electricity runs by solar energy, where you can charge your gadgets. Where you need to pay for every item per hour to the owner of the lodge.

Depends upon the seriousness of the illness, if it’s a critical situation the client needs immediate evacuation for medical help, by any means of fast transportation. The fastest way in Nepal Himalaya and on route to Everest Three Pass is taking a Helicopter Service. Our guide will inform the head office to arrange a Helicopter to evacuate the sick person. From the nearest spot where a helicopter can land and then flying to Kathmandu and admit to the best hospitals for further treatment.  

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